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       Norfolk’s gritters are ready for winter with 16,000

       tonnes of salt

            n early cold snap saw Norfolk’s
            gritters make their first run of the
       Aseason at the end of October. Crews
       were out on the roads in this part of the county
       treating roads with the specially formulated
       salt designed to prevent ice forming on the
       road surface.
        Preparations for keeping Norfolk moving
       this winter are in place with around 16,000
       tonnes of salt stocked in the county. This will
       be replenished as needed during the winter
       through a long-term contract the council has
       with its supplier Compass Minerals.
       More than a third of Norfolk’s roads are on
       the council’s 49 regular gritting routes,
       including all A and B-class roads and some C-  Every year when the weather gets cold,   keep people in the county happy, healthy and
       class roads. Each full run covering 2,200   Norfolk County Council launches its Norfolk   safe when the weather is cold, icy or snowy.
       miles of road takes around three hours to   Winter  information-sharing  campaign,   There is also lots of useful information at
       complete. The A11 and A47 are gritted by   designed to help people in the county cope
       Highways                 England.   during the colder months. Regular gritting   The salt used to treat roads in Norfolk works
       People can check which roads are on the   updates and other useful advice are posted on   by reducing the freezing point of water on the
       council’s gritting routes for the 2019/20   Norfolk County Council's social media   surface. However, even when roads are
       season   on     the    map     at   channels, using the #NorfolkWinter hashtag   treated there is no guarantee they will be On the same   on Twitter ( and   completely clear of ice or snow. For example,
       map people can find the locations of around   on Facebook (   in severe cold weather (below approximately
       1,900 grit bins in the county that are filled by   People are being asked to help each other by   minus seven degrees Celsius) even salt will
       the County Council and which people can use   getting behind the Norfolk Winter campaign   not prevent the roads from icing over.
       on public pavements, cycle paths and roads.   and sharing any information that may help
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